What kinds of projects qualify for Screen Flanders support?
To qualify for support the audiovisual work must satisfy the following two characteristics:
- The work must enrich the cultural patrimony of Flanders.
The ‘cultural test’ can be used to assess whether or not the work enriches the cultural patrimony of Flanders. An overview of these cultural criteria can be consulted here. To qualify for support, at least four of these criteria must be satisfied.
- It must be a fiction, documentary or animation film of at least 60 minutes running time or an animation series.
Fiction film: an audiovisual, largely live action creation involving mostly fictional characters and events. The film can be spread over several episodes, but must tell an ongoing story.
If the film is spread over several episodes this must involve international co-productions, in which the total Belgian share stated in the coproduction contract is less than 50%. The participating producers must not be linked enterprises in the sense of the European definition of the SME.
Documentary film: a non-fiction film, which presents a treatment or interpretation of reality, from the personal involvement of the maker, with intrinsic long-term value. Excluded therefore are films which are designed solely to provide information or are merely descriptive, such as corporate videos, educational films, film reports, purely academic documentaries, contributions to the news or current affairs programmes, etc. The film can be spread over several episodes, but must tell an ongoing story.
Animation film: an audiovisual creation which in its production process uses, for the most part, single frame techniques, ranging from the filming of puppets, objects and/or drawings (e.g. animated cartoons) to more digital, computer-animated techniques.
Animation series: an audiovisual creation in the form of a series, which in its production process uses, for the most part, single frame techniques, ranging from the filming of puppets, objects and/or drawings (e.g. animated cartoons) to more digital, computer-animated techniques. Animation series must consist of at least three episodes and have a minimum total broadcast time of 60 minutes for the series as a whole.
There are a number of other criteria that need to be satisfied by the work which are important when it comes to assessing the admissibility of the application. These characteristics are covered in the Selection Procedure section of this website.